For Alex Dreschke, a role in Hamilton at Segerstrom seems like homecoming

Event-News Enterprise (excerpt) By David N. Young | September 15, 2022 (Read full feature)   When he graduated with a Fine Arts degree from UC Irvine years ago, Alex Dreschke could hardly have imagined he would return to SoCal with a role in HAMILTON, one of the most engaging...

UCI Dance alum receives Community Engagement grant

Sakina Ibrahim, M.F.A. ’14, author and artist, receives Community Engagement award to support Santa Ana youth Sakina Ibrahim, M.F.A. ’14, is the recipient of a 2022 Community Engagement grant to support her work in arts education. Community Engagement is a nonprofit in Orange...

Made in California

The arts and education helped new dean Tiffany Ana López reimagine her own life By Christine Byrd For Tiffany Ana López, joining the Claire Trevor School of the Arts as dean is a double homecoming. Both a return to her native California and to the public higher-education system that shaped...

UCI Drama alum scores critical praise for horror thriller

Ryan Imhoff, M.F.A. Acting ’11 and New Swan Shakespeare Festival alum,  has written and directed the award-winning horror film Fresh Hell, which has won Best Feature Film at four film festivals dedicated to the horror genre. “This film was created on a string and a prayer by a group of...

Dynamic choral conductor joins the UCI Music faculty

Irvine, Calif., September 6, 2022 – The Department of Music in the UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts has named Dr. Irene Messoloras an Assistant Professor of Music. In her role, Messoloras will direct the department’s choral activities, conduct the UCI Chamber Singers and Concert Choir, and...

UCI Music to host the 25th Anniversary African American Art Song Alliance Conference

The Quinquennial Conference Celebrates Black Leaders in Classical Music   Irvine, Calif. – The Department of Music at UCI is pleased to host the 25th Anniversary African American Art Song Alliance Conference, which will take place on October 13-16, 2022, at the UCI Claire Trevor School...

Umezaki joins the the first Silkroad Ensemble tour with Artistic Director Rhiannon Giddens

Now in his 21st year with the ensemble, Professor Kojiro Umezaki joined the summer Phoenix Rising tour including performances at the Newport International Folk Festival and the Tanglewood Music Center. The summer festival tour was the first with MacArthur Fellow and multiple GRAMMY...

Professor of Music Mari Kimura nominated for OC 2022 Innovator of the Year

Professor of Music Mari Kimura has been nominated for the 8th annual Innovator of the Year honor presented by the Orange County Business Journal (OCBJ). Kimura is one of 74 outstanding nominees from various industries throughout Orange County.    This program is...

CTSA celebrates alumni during the month of August

At the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, August is Alumni Appreciation Month! We have dedicated our Instagram account to celebrating our alums' work and accomplishments in and beyond the arts all month long. Spend the month learning more about just a few of our outstanding alumni! CTSA alums from...

The Celebrate New Swan Gala honored a decade of the Bard at UCI

  On Friday, July 15, UCI’s New Swan Shakespeare Festival welcomed 120 guests for its Celebrate New Swan Gala and a midsummer’s night to remember. Guests were treated to a magical and elegant evening under the stars celebrating the tenth anniversary season and the opening night of The...

Dr. Nicole Grimes named chair of the Department of Music

  The UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts has named Dr. Nicole Grimes, associate professor of music, the next department chair of the Department of Music. Dr. Grimes is an internationally recognized scholar of German music whose research is focused at the intersection between criticism...

Artful Summers

Summer Academies in the Arts offer college and career preparatory programs  By Christine Byrd Mafer Reyes had been dancing at private studios and ballet academies since she was 5 years old. But when it came time to think about college, she realized she had no idea what to...

‘We Need More’ of Taylor Fagins

The UCI Drama alum shares more about his journey to become an American Idol It’s nearly 10 p.m. on the third straight day of filming, and Taylor Fagins, ’17 is the final contestant to audition for American Idol’s celebrity judges. He sits down at a grand piano — an instrument he plays but...

Local Choreographer Molly Lynch Brings her National Dance Initiative Back to Irvine Barclay Theatre July 30

By Christopher Trela | July 15, 2022   Ever since Ballet Pacifica closed its doors in 2007, Orange County has relied on a handful of local dance troupes and touring professional companies to provide the county with quality dance programs. And then there is National Choreographer’s...

Arts Advocates: Mary Gilly & John Graham

BARD BOOSTERS Q&A with Mary Gilly & John Graham Mary Gilly and her husband, John Graham, professors emeriti of marketing, are passionate about theater and the dramatic arts. They have been loyal supporters of the New Swan Shakespeare Festival since its founding in 2012. They became...

Vera Molnár: Searching for Humanity in the Machine

Variations at Beall Center for Art + Technology, Irvine, is the first major solo show of a pioneer of generative art. Molnár is a pioneer of generative art whose work has, for six decades, influenced artists exploring the potential of autonomous systems.

Nicole Grimes receives Danijela Kulezic-Wilson Prize Honorable Mention

Nicole Grimes receives Society for Musicology in Ireland’s Danijela Kulezic-Wilson Prize Honorable Mention The Department of Music is pleased to share the news that Associate Professor of Music, Nicole Grimes, has received the Danijela Kulezic-Wilson Prize 2022 Honorable Mention for her book...

The Music Pioneer

Mari Kimura came to BU to study violin performance and left as an innovator at the intersection of art and technology Excerpt from CFA, a publication of the Boston University College of Fine Arts By Joel Brown May 16, 2022 "Now a professor of music in the Integrated Composition,...